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Level 3 Diploma Adult Care

Subject Area

Health, Social Care & Life Sciences

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

This qualification is suited to those that work in the health and social care sector. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the requirements of supervision and leadership within the sector.

You will begin to develop your knowledge, skills, behaviours and understanding of best working practices, team leading and may develop into a key worker or support worker role, allowing for greater autonomy and responsibility.

You will work with, not only your colleagues, but interact with a wide range of health care professionals including managers, District Nurses, GP’s/Consultants, rehabilitation professionals, such as SALT, physiotherapists, occupational health, podiatrists and various members of a hospital care and discharge team, taking the lead with the care and rehabilitation planning. The learner will work as a lead member of a team, ensuring frontline staff are improving the quality of life of those they support.

Why should I choose the course?

This course is for those who are looking to further their career in health and social care and step into a senior role. You will achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care.

What will I learn?

Key topics include: Importance of handling information, legislation and supporting regulations, medication administration and ordering, returning, stock checks and the handling of controlled drugs, audits and continuous sector specific training including; dementia, acquired brain/spinal injury, supporting therapy services through rehabilitation plans, end of life, wound care and catheter care.

The qualification is mainly work-based learning; however, students will also attend 6 3-hour classes (these will be either face to face in college or delivered remotely), these cover the mandatory knowledge elements such as safeguarding, legislation and regulations surrounding medication administration, the Mental Capacity Act, duty of care, person centered approach, wellbeing, infection control, promoting choice & independence.

Monthly 2-hour 1:1 sessions will also take place in the workplace to complete, work-based observations, recorded professional discussions, retrospective observations and the assessment of workplace product evidence.

In addition, students will also meet with their college assessor remotely, usually on 3 occasions lasting approximately 30 minutes to review their progress.

Self-study of approximately 2 hours per week is also required.

Duration of the course is 12 months

What will the course lead on to?

Upon achievement, you may choose to continue your studies with a higher-level, for example Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care or an apprenticeship such as Lead Practitioner in Adult Care or Leader in Adult Care or apply to University.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

The health & social care courses at Warrington & Vale Royal College are delivered by extremely skilled tutors from a variety of relevant industry backgrounds relevant to the subjects they teach. This course has a key focus on enrichment, careers, and work placement, in order to help you to take your first step on your journey towards your chosen career. Many students have established amazing connections and been inspired for the future after their work placement experiences.

Our health & social care courses regularly receive excellent student satisfaction reports, with students praising the quality of the teaching and the support they receive. Our tutors will focus on teaching you vital employability skills that will allow you to make a good impression in any health and social care role.

As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of exhibitions at museums such as the Slavery Museum and the Thackray Medical Museum, to enhance your knowledge of this sector. Students have enjoyed exciting trips to the Christmas markets in Manchester to develop knowledge of the different foods and cultures, in order to enhance their communication and understanding. You may also get the opportunity to visit other educational providers to experience a range of learning activities and develop your own teaching knowledge and skills.

What are the entry requirements?

You need to be working in a health care setting, it is expected that they will have already achieved a Level 2 Diploma Health and Social Care (or equivalent) or have at least 2 years’ experience in the sector.

What are my funding options?

For further information on funding, please contact the Learner Services team on 01925 494400 or email

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54 Weeks
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Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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FREE* if you are 19+ studying for your first full level 3 qualification or you are unemployed or your income is below £20,319. This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. *Ts&Cs apply.

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